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27 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Clothing

27 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Clothing

Sometimes we have a favorite shirt or pair of jeans that we just can’t wear anymore but we don’t want to part with. Some clothes leave us with memories, especially clothes our kids wore. So what do you do with the old clothes?

Here are 27 creative ways to reuse old clothing.

1. T-Shirt Comforter Turn your old t-shirts into a blanket.

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    2. Shirt Pillow Case Turn old shirts into a pillowcase. You can use t-shirts as well!

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      3. Shirt Coin Purse Make a small coin purse or wallet using an old shirt.

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        4.  Shirt Tote Bag Make a tote bag.

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          5. DIY Draft stopper Use old jeans to stop drafts and save energy in your home.

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            6. Shirt Dress Turn a men’s shirt into a shirt dress.

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              7. Repurposed Men’s shirt  How about making a pin-tucked tunic for summer?

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                8.  Hat out of a Sweater Turn an old sweater into a fun winter hat.

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                  9. Long-sleeve Shirt into Wrap Skirt Turn a long sleeve t-shirt into a wrap skirt.

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                    10.   T-shirt Produce Bag Cut up an old t-shirt and use as colorful produce bags.

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                      11. Little girl’s dress Use an old men’s shirt to make a dress for your little girl.

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                        12. Pillowcase Romper Use a vintage pillowcase to create a cute comfy romper for your little one.

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                          13.  baby sleeping bag Use an old pillowcase to make your baby comfy.

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                            14.   flower accessories Use old shirts, sheets, or pillowcases to create these adorable hair accessories.

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                              15.  t-shirt scarf Use old t-shirts to create a scarf.

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                                16. Baby clothing creatures Make a cute a pillow or toy.

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                                  17. Shirt onesie Create a sweet onesie for your little one.

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                                    18. Shorts from a night shirt Create comfy shorts for lounging.

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                                      19. Peasant Top  Make a cute peasant top.

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                                        20. Denim Fabric Purse Not your average handbag, use old jeans and an old shirt to create this purse.

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                                          21. Denim Corset Add flair to your outfit with this figure-flattering denim corset.

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                                            22. T-shirt Pom Poms Create these decorative pom poms using an old t-shirt.

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                                              23. T-shirt weaving & cutting To resize, or add creative flair to your old t-shirts.

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                                                24. Denim Flannel Quilt Old Jeans and flannels create a cozy quilt.

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                                                  25. T-Shirt Art Create memories for your walls with this t-shirt art.

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                                                    26. T-Shirt Wrap Dress An old oversized t-shirt can create a one-of-a-kind look.

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                                                      27. Pillowcase Nightgown Create a simple nightgown from a pillowcase.

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                                                        Featured photo credit: Comforter, draft stop, repurposed men’s shirt, hat out of a sweater, long sleeve wrap skirt, produce bag, romper, sleeping bag, flower accessories, scarf, baby creature, shorts, denim purse, corset, pom pom, t-shirt weaving, denim quilt, art, wrap, night gown via Trends & Ideas Pillow case, coin purse, tote bag, shirt dress, little girl’s dress, onesie, peasant top, via Crooked Brains

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                                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                        3. Upgrade yourself

                                                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                        4. Talk to a friend.

                                                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                        8. Have a quick nap.

                                                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                        10. Find some competition.

                                                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                        11. Go exercise.

                                                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                        12. Take a good break.

                                                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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